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When you send letters or postcards, drop them into a mail box in your neighborhood.
Postage stamps and postcards are sold at post offices.
If you need to send parcels or get any postal matter registered, ask at a post office.


You should have a bank account, as it is dangerous to carry cash with you in daily life or to keep it in your room. Scholarships can be paid to your account, and electric charges, water charges or newspaper subscriptions and the like can be automatically paid from your account. If you have a bank card, you can withdraw money from the ATMs on campus as you need.


Depending on the bus, entry can be made either in the middle or at the front. The exit is almost always from the front. When you board the bus, take a ticket (seiri ken) from the automatic dispenser. The names of each stop are displayed (in buses with digital displays) at the front of the bus and an announcement is made as the bus approaches each stop. Press the buzzer above your seat or on the ceiling to notify the driver when you want to get off. At the time of exit, match the number on your ticket with the number on the display board at the front of the bus to calculate your fare. If you don’t have change, use the change machine then put the exact change and your ticket into the fare box when you exit.


Taxis can be boarded at specially marked stands, called to come to your location or waved down on the street if they have the red vacant signiÎjdisplayed in the front window. Regular taxis allow four passengers only. However, jumbo taxis can be hired for five to nine people. Japanese taxis are usually entered through the back left-hand automatic door. Fares are always metered. There is an extra charge for fares between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. Tips are neither required nor expected.